5 Questions: Tom Cotter

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5 Questions is a feature by Steve Duffy –


The comedian and 2012 “America’s Got Talent” runner-up will be headlining at The Wilbur Theatre. The Providence native is very excited to be returning to his roots and sharing his comedic chops with his Boston fans.

SD: How has your career changed since performing on “America’s Got Talent?”

TC: It is dramatically better! We (comics) all make our rounds on the late night shows, but with so many now, it has really become watered down. When I was younger, there was only one show – Johnny Carson and when you got the nod from him, it was like getting gold. Best part about performing on AGT is that it is the number one show and it airs during the summer, so the only competition is reruns. The best thing about it all is now my phone has been ringing off hook and I can make money to feed my family.

SD: What kind of venues were you doing before AGT?

TC: I was performing for corporations, colleges, cruises, casinos, and comedy clubs. I always tried to be diverse in the venues that I choose. I never place all my eggs in one basket, because then they end up getting cracked.

SD: Where do you get inspiration for your material?

TC: The reason I got into comedy was to get chicks. Now that I am married and have kids, my material has changed. They are my muse. They say the funniest things. I love the way they act and the things that they say. They have no filters. They make me howl more than any comedian out there. At times, I do talk about current events, but it can be a slippery slope. Plus, current events don’t last forever and change weekly.

SD: What is the funniest joke that you have ever heard?

TC: I’m a Steven Wright guy all the way. I heard him tell this joke, “I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.”

SD: What can the audience expect from Tom Cotter at the show?

TC: I do a lot of one-liners. I cram two hours into one hour. It is a function of my ADA. It will be a great time of laughter and fun for all.

For more information on Tom visit www.tomcotter.com and to purchase tickets to see him at the Wilbur theatre on February 28th visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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